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  • The acclaimed biographer, Ron Chernow, delves into the formative events of America – and its first leader.
    Wednesday, October 27, 2010

    Acclaimed biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the first president of the United States in Washington: A Life.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Garry Trudeau makes a special public appearance  to celebrate the release of 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, a lavish book commemorating four decades of expert commentary on the social and political landscape.
    Monday, October 25, 2010

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Garry Trudeau makes a special public appearance to celebrate the release of 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, a lavish book commemorating four decades of expert commentary on the social and political landscape, on Monday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

  • While   Hollywood is often more captivated by idealized fictional   presidents than actual presidents, this film selection offers cinematic   depictions of both John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.
    Saturday, October 23, 2010
    The Great Debates Revisited
      • Special Events
      • Book Discussions
      • Film Series
      • Sponsor Infomation

    In this controversial biographical film, Anthony Hopkins stars as the only American president ever to resign under the threat of impeachment. Acclaimed filmmaker Oliver Stone directs an all-star cast in this powerful depiction of the life and times of one of America's most infamous leaders. Rated R. (191 min.)

  • Renowned illustrator David Wiesner discusses his new book ART & MAX and explains how he transforms his zany ideas into award-winning picture books.
    Saturday, October 23, 2010

    Learn how renowned children’s illustrator and three-time Caldecott winner David Wiesner transforms his zany ideas into award-winning picture books.

    His newest book, ART & MAX, depicts the misadventures of two lizard friends, one of whom is learning to paint.

    The event is sponsored by Rainy Day Books. Autographed books will be available for sale.

  • Author Jennifer Donnelly discusses Revolution, her latest historical novel for teens.
    Friday, October 22, 2010

    Jennifer Donnelly, author of the heralded novel A Northern Light, returns with a new book for teens, Revolution. The fates of two young women are intertwined in the new novel. From modern-day Brooklyn to Paris just before the French Revolution, Donnelly weaves her tale.

  • Acclaimed historian Bryan Le Beau highlights decisions made by certain individuals that helped turn what might have been a minor event into a crisis that has held the imagination of generations
    Thursday, October 21, 2010

    From June - September 1692, 19 people were hanged for practicing witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. Just in time for Halloween, historian Bryan Le Beau offers a much-needed synthesis of the most recent scholarship on the Salem Witch Trials, placing them into the context of the Great European Witch-Hunt, and relating the events of 1692 to witch-hunting throughout 17th century New England.

  • Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with Edgar Snow, as portrayed by local actor Bob Brand.

  • This fourth event in a series called The Great Debates  Revisited features a screening of the fourth presidential debate between Kennedy  and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by Rick Perlstein.
    Monday, October 18, 2010

    American life changed forever in 1960 when Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy ushered politics into the multimedia age with the first televised presidential debates.

    The Great Debates Revisited
      • Special Events
      • Book Discussions
      • Film Series
      • Sponsor Infomation

    This fourth event in a series called The Great Debates Revisited features a screening of the fourth presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon, with introductory commentary and a post-screening Q&A session led by Rick Perlstein.

  • In partnership with  Harvesters:  The Community Food Network,the Kansas City Public Library announces  its annual Food for Fines Week from  October  18 - 24, 2010.
    Monday, October 18, 2010

    In partnership with Harvesters: The Community Food Network, the Kansas City Public Library announces its annual Food for Fines Week from October 18 - 24, 2010.

    During this period, Library patrons are encouraged to bring undam­aged and unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items to any Library location. Each single food item will be applied as a $1 credit toward the reduction of existing overdue fines.

  • Professor Bill Stancil presents an illustrated lecture on the history of Rockhurst University.
    Sunday, October 17, 2010

    Bill Stancil presents Rockhurst University: The First 100 Years, a lecture supplemented with numerous historical photos, on Sunday, October 17, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.